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The Looking Glass Wars Paperback – 2 May 2005
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Alyss, born in Wonderland, is destined to be a warrior queen. After a bloody coup topples the Heart regime, Alyss is exiled to another world entirely, where she is adopted into a new family, renamed Alice and befriended by Lewis Carroll. At age 20 she returns to Wonderland to battle Redd and lead Wonderland into its next golden age of imagination.
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Frank Beddor runs Automatic Pictures, and produced the hit film There's Something About Mary for 20th Century Fox. He hails from Minneapolis, and attended the University of Utah, where he trained for the US Ski Team. One of the world's foremost freestyle skiers, he won the World Championship twice. Frank began his entertainment career doing endorsements and commercials before performing the skiing stunts for the comedy Hot Dog: The Movie. Trading the alpine slopes for the Hollywood hills, Frank has acted alongside Emillo Estevez, Carrie Fisher, Chris Penn, Jennifer Tilly and Kevin Dillon.
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Firstly, I do think it's a bit of a cop-out to use another's story - even when it is changed or has a totally different take on it as this does, and second; about two thirds into it there was this big `lull' when I totally lost interest and nearly ditched it and felt I wanted to start something else... I'm a little unsure now what kept me going, but somehow the book managed to redeem itself - not only that, but I really got into it and was SO pleased I'd continued with it! I'm now delighted I have the second book already to go!
I don't usually like war/battle or fighting scenes either, but I must confess that Frank has definitely done something right here, because I did find it VERY exciting - especially towards the end! So at first, although I had only intended to award this book three stars, I changed my mind later to five, because I really enjoyed it after all. It has a great `open' sort of ending, and I'm perfectly ready now to read the follow-up which is something quite new to me!
After so long I really didn't remember much of this book, in fact mere fragments came back to me, so this was almost like a completely new book to me.
I have a thing about anything to do with Alice in Wonderland, it's always been one of my favourite stories so I will always go for things that are adaptions of it. I have been disappointed in the past though, but I am pleased to say this is not one of those series.
Here we meet Alyss, 7 years old and the Heir to Wonderland. Playful and naughty with no real thoughts of ruling in the future, her parents are there and she doesn't have to worry. Until her Aunt Redd makes an appearance, forced to run for her life with their trusty bodyguard Hatter Madigan, Alyss flees through 'The Pool of Tear's and ends up in our world. Her parents are killed and Queen Redd takes over Wonderland.
Hatter and Alyss get separated on their way through the Pool of tears and end up in very different parts of our world. Alyss in Oxford where she meets the legendary Lewis Carroll who becomes famous with her story (though he changes so much it's just lies!).
Hatter must track down Alyss and try to get her back to Wonderland where she can resume her rightful place and banish her evil aunt.
This world is so detailed and amazing that it really feels like you are walking through Wonderland and meeting all the enchanted characters, the words seem to lift of the page and envelop you in their magic. Not your traditional happy fairytale this book is a lot darker, but it's not particularly scary - just action packed and very exciting.
I love Alyss as a character and seeing how she grows and develops as a character. The rest of the 'cast' are great too, I love Hatter, and the representation of 'The Cat' is probably my favourite.
I read this in about half a day and found myself desperate for more. It is really addictive and captivating, I strongly recommend it.
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